Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) – According to an online travel guide, two iconic Filipino dishes are among the best dishes in the world this year.
Adobo and sisig are among Taste Atlas World’s Top 100 Dishes in 2021. The list features “iconic national and regional dishes” based on over 100,000 ratings on the platform.
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With 4.33 stars, the famous sisig from Pampanga took 72nd place on the list.
The Kapampangan dish includes parts of boiled, chopped and grilled pig’s head like ears, cheeks and jowls seasoned with salt, pepper and vinegar, explained Taste Atlas. Fried onions, chili and chicken livers are then added, he said.
“It is believed that the name of the dish derives from the word sisigan, which means to make sour. It was used as an early remedy for nausea and hangovers, as its sour flavor was considered an anti-vomiting, and that is why today sisig is almost always associated with an ice cold beer on the side. », Read the Taste Atlas article for the dish.
“What started as a simple sour salad has crossed land and sea to become one of the favorite dishes of beer drinkers around the world,” he added, recalling how sisig was first described as a salad of guava or green papaya according to the P. Kapampangan Dictionary 1732 by Diego Bergano.
The dish is best enjoyed at Sisig Aling Lucing, based in Angeles City, Taste Atlas recommended.
Meanwhile, Taste Atlas ranked adobo 81st among the best dishes in the world. Described as “the dish closest to a national dish,” it was awarded 4.29 stars.
Pieces of meat, seafood, vegetable or fruit seared and browned with white vinegar, soy sauce or both, adobo also contains bay leaves, garlic, salt, sugar , oil and black pepper. Onions, ginger, lemongrass, hot peppers and coconut milk can also be added to the mixture.
“The combination of these ingredients is left to simmer over low heat, resulting in succulent, juicy and tender ingredients coated in a thick, rich and flavorful sauce. Adobo takes its name from the Spanish word adobar, which means marinade or marinating sauce, ”explained Taste Atlas.
“In English, the word adobo translates to braised in vinegar. With its increasing popularity, it is no wonder that there are a number of varieties of this dish, so adobo can be prepared in spicy, sweet, in sauce or dry versions, ”he added. .
Local favorites, chicken, beef, and pork are known as the most popular versions of adobo, while other variations include white adobo, crispy adobo, squid adobo, and spinach adobo in water.
“The dish has traditionally been served over white rice, an ideal accompaniment that soaks up the hot sauce,” said Taste Atlas, who recommends the adobo be best tried at Café Adriatico in Manila.
Mexican pork dish cochinita pibil topped this year’s top 100 dishes according to Travel Atlas, giving it 4.69 stars. It’s the best in Mexico City’s Taquería El Turix, he added.